By John Hertz: Spikecon was held on July 4-7, 2019, at Layton, Utah, combining Westercon LXXII (yearly; regional), the 13th NASFiC (North America Science Fiction Convention, held when the Worldcon is not in North America), Manticon 2019 (yearly; fans of David Weber’s Honor Harrington series and its Royal Manticoran Navy, i.e. Space navy), 1632 Minicon (yearly; fans of Eric Flint’s 1632 series).
Attendance about 800. Art Show sales about $20,000 by about 60 artists.
Art Show director, Bruce Miller. Judges, Peri Charlifu, Ctein, and me.
There was also a People’s Choice award.
Ctein felt strongly that judges who also happened to be exhibiting should not be considered for awards. Brother Charlifu and I went along with this.
Best of Show, also People’s Choice
- Devon Dorrity, “Queen of the Sea”; bronze
1st: Jessica Douglas, “Ghost Leviathan”; mixed media
2nd: W.J. Hodgson, “Nebulous”; reverse glass painting
3rd: Theresa Mather, “White Tiger Angel”; acrylic on feather with onyx, tanzanite, sapphires
1st: Mark Roland, “Persistence of Memory”; etching
2nd: Elizabeth Fellows, “Always”; fiber
3rd: Bjo Trimble, “Aslan”; stone lithograph
1st: Elizabeth Berrien, “Cloud Unicorn”; wire
2nd: Vincent Villafranca, “Bane of Thieves”; bronze
3rd: Melanie Unruh, “Nebula”; ceramic footed bowl
Dragon Dronet, “Enemy Mine Skull”
Jacob & Wayne Fowler, “Grey Ghost”; wood scroll-saw
Kat Trimble, “Mariposa”; zinc plate etching
Ctein is pronounced “k’TINE”; that’s his full name; not “Mr. Ctein” or “Ctein Jones” or “Bill Ctein”, just Ctein. There should be a circumflex over the “j” in “Bjo”, an Esperantism indicating pronunciation “bee-joe”.